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If you're in the market for a high-performance SUV, you've got plenty of choices at your disposal, and soon you'll have even more. And a healthy portion of those come with a Silver Star on the nose. Mercedes-Benz already offers the ML63 AMG, GL63 AMG and G63 AMG – all powered by the same 5.5-liter twin-turbo V8 – in American showrooms. Soon the smaller GLA45 AMG will join them as well. But if it's more power you're after, we've got good news, because the latest word is that Benz is finally bringing over its flagship G65 AMG.

Similar to the G63 AMG, the G65 is based on the German automaker's iconic Geländewagen, but packs a monstrous 6.0-liter twin-turbo V12 – the same unit that has powered everything from the S65 AMG and SL65 AMG to the previous Maybach and even the Pagani Huayra. In the G65, that gargantuan engine churns out 604 horsepower and 738 pound-feet of torque, channeled to all four wheels through a seven-speed automatic transmission.

The G65 has been on the market overseas since 2012, but was kept away from these shores. According to Automotive News, however, Mercedes will finally bring its most powerful sport-ute to American showrooms. And not a moment too soon, either, as Land Rover just came out with its Range Rover Sport SVR; rivals like Bentley, Lamborghini and Maserati are all working on performance SUVs of their own; and competitors like Porsche and BMW aren't likely to give up fighting, either.

Expect the G65 to launch in the US as a 2016 model with a price tag tipped to top $250,000.


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      SquareFour
      • 6 Months Ago

      Nifty enough, but I'd rather see M-B bring a striped, utilitarian version of the Galendewagen here. No leather, no wood, no COMAND, no chrome, no bullshit; just a diesel and badass off-road prowess. I'd pay $40K for it.

        NightFlight
        • 6 Months Ago
        @SquareFour

        You are going to pay a lot more than 40k. They are still hand built, stripped or not. 

          SquareFour
          • 6 Months Ago
          @NightFlight

          Yeah, sadly. I wonder how much the military version goes for...if they even still build it. Maybe I'll just buy a Unimog instead. ;)

        Dvanos
        • 6 Months Ago
        @SquareFour

        For $40k? They already do it's called the GLA.

          SquareFour
          • 6 Months Ago
          @Dvanos

          Man, not even close to a Galandewagen.

      Bernard
      • 6 Months Ago

      MB just said eff the EPA :-\

      OptimusPrimeRib
      • 6 Months Ago

      Why? Because **** you that's why. 

      Vlad Popescu
      • 4 Months Ago

      that's one expensive engine. the g63 is plenty.

      Bernie Kressner
      • 6 Months Ago

      I have grown a bit grumpy about European vehicles lately (too tight, too expensive, too dainty, too unreliable, etc), but this is one that rings my bells...yeah, I know, it ain't cheap, but it's a Mercedes for crying out loud. It's like thye took a Jeep Wrangler Unlimited and combined it with Challenger Hellcat mixed with a Land Rover Discovery, and..voilà, you get this creation that God would be proud of.  Now, where did I put my checkbook....(^_^)...

      hboi18
      • 6 Months Ago

      This is just so .......i don't even know what to say..... beast i guess

      Nate Rector
      • 6 Months Ago

      I mean there fuel hogs all ready,lets have one with a thrifty diesel engine.